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Feeling exhausted, sore joints. Blood tests show high white cell count

Hi, I have been feeling exhausted now for the past 6 weeks or so, when I get up in the morning I am so tired, my joints are sore, my body feels sore at night in bed, even after having my shower in the morning I feel that I could go back to bed and sleep, I have had blood tests done which has shown high white cell count, I am to have FBC redone on 31/01.
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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the symptoms you are presenting are very charateteristic of rhumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. It shall be advisable for you to do another test called the Rhumatoid factor to confirm the diagnosis. However, other autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus could mimic a similar presentation. Treatment of this disease is usually step wise depending on the stage and individual response of the patient to particular drugs. the drugs used generally span from non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, cortisteroids, gold salts depending on the case.
The clinical response is usually could but complications can set in if treatment is not started quickly or well followed up. My advise is you meet your family physician for proper diagnosus and other tests and to be placed on treatment. It would be ideal if you could meet a rhumatologist for specialized care.
Wishing you a quick recovery,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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